Andre Rieu Best Quotes

André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu is a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. Enjoy Andre Rieu’s best quotes below.

“The waltz can be sad and at the same time uplifting. You have to see life from both sides, and the waltz encapsulates that. If you’re in my audience you give yourself to me and the waltz will grab you.”
“I am travelling half the year around the world, every year, so coming home is one of the most beautiful things.”
“I was the black sheep of the family, and my mother never really understood me.”
“We should make decisions in life with our hearts, not our brains, not only in music but in daily life.”
“Mozart composed his music not for the elite, but for everybody.”
“I’m an un-healable positive optimist.”
“Other people might want a Ferrari, but I wanted a butterfly house. I built it together with a blacksmith. We designed it together.”
“I first picked up a violin aged five – I just assumed everyone played.”
“I was a fat child and loved cake, perhaps because it was the only sweet thing in my life.”
“It is a real piece of art if you can make a waltz sound like it is the easiest piece of music to play, because it’s really not.”
“It is my personality alone that has brought back the waltz and made it a global craze.”
“I believe that music in itself heals and that everything is about the power of the mind. I thought if you are happy, you don’t get ill. Your health is in your head. When you are satisfied with your work, you don’t get ill.”
“Critics or musicians who attack me are jealous of my success and the fact that I make people feel so happy.”
“I admire Johann Strauss a lot. I believe he was a genius of his time.”
“I am a showman in the traditional sense, but modern, too. I like to use sets and lighting to create magic.”
“I have 120 people in my payroll without any government giving me any money. We live off the tickets and the records I sell. That is very unusual.”
“I know that when I like music, when it touches my heart, that it will touch your heart, too. That, I think, is the secret to my success.”
“I love reading but I never last very long because I fall asleep right away.”
“It doesn’t matter as long as there’s interaction between me and the audience. That’s why they come.”
“The classical music world is so snobbish.”
“When I’m not on tour, I love to have a long breakfast at home in my garden.”
“The waltz is a very important part of my life. It’s a very important way for me to express my positiveness, bringing humor to the world.”
“When I was 4 or 5, I attended my father’s concerts. He very often played Strauss waltzes as encores and I saw something happening with the audience.”
“Where would I be without Johann Strauss’s beautiful ‘Blue Danube?’ Without this piece of music I wouldn’t be the man I am today. It’s a tune that brings out the emotion in everyone and makes them want to waltz.”
“For me, I always like to get up bright and early.”

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